Check out the news you should not miss today, March 23:
-- The Republic of Korea's President Moon Jae-in and his spouse on Thursday afternoon arrived in Hanoi, starting a state visit to Vietnam from March 22 to 24.
-- During a Thursday reception for Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong Yau Tang-wah in Hanoi, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that Vietnam expects strong growth of two-way trade with the special administrative region in the coming time based on the potential of bilateral relations.
-- At a regular press conference in Hanoi on Thursday, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang stated that Taiwan’s repeated launch of live-fire drills in the waters surrounding Ba Binh (Itu Aba) Island in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago has seriously violated the territorial sovereignty of the Southeast Asian country over the island chain, while threatening peace, stability, maritime safety and security in the East Vietnam Sea.
-- A fire early on Friday killed at least 13 and injured 28 at the Carina Plaza apartment buildings in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City. More than 200 firefighters and 34 fire trucks were mobilized to the site.
-- Authorities in Dortmund, Germany, have said they will create favorable conditions for the family of Tran Thi Thu Ha, who died after falling from a height at around 11:40 am in the German city on March 11, to hold funeral rites for her. Her school in Finland, where she was studying before her death, has also promised to provide support.
-- Vietnam’s traditional cuisine and handicraft from north to south will be showcased at a festival at Van Thanh Tourist Park in Ho Chi Minh City from April 6 to 8.
-- A one-week book festival is taking place at Le Van Tam Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, starting on Monday, with around 900 booths showcasing books of many categories.
-- More than 3,000 middle and high school students in the southern province of An Giang quit school after Tet as they have to follow their parents who move to big cities for working to escape poverty.